NEGAUNEE, Mich. - Elizabeth May 'Peggy' Taskila, 88, formerly of Bay De Noc St., Negaunee, died at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Eastwood Nursing Center where she had resided for the past two years.
Peggy was born May 28, 1925 in Hemel Hempsted, England to Henry and Lily (Piggott) Heath. She met Donald W. Taskila while he was serving in the U.S. Army in England during WWll, they married September 4, 1944, and she came to the U.S. by ship in 1946.
Following Donald's service to his country they lived in Toivola before moving to Negaunee in 1959. She began working at the Breitung Hotel as a housekeeper when the youngest of their 5 children started school. She then worked as a nurse's aide at Morgan Heights Sanitarium until 1977 when they moved to Lake Bluff, IL where she became a housekeeper and maid for the William McCormick Blair/John Brian estate. She retired in 1987 and they returned to the Upper Peninsula.
Peggy enjoyed her many trips to Toivola to visit with friends and family.
Surviving are 4 sons: Philip Taskila of Negaunee, Gary (Trudy) Taskila of Negaunee, Howard (Judy) Taskila of Ishpeming, Gene (Patsy) Taskila of West Hartford, CT, 1 daughter, Donna (Michael) Jarvi of Lake Bluff, IL; grandchildren: Kevin (Michelle) Taskila, Kirk Taskila, Kristopher (Kari) Taskila, Carrie (Jim) Miller, Daniel (Regina) Taskila, Dawn (Dee) Taskila-Gebroe, Lisa (Chad) Kirby, Emi (James) Carmichael, and Jake (Eliza) Jarvi; great-grandchildren: Jenna Miller, Todd (Malynda) Taskila, Chelsea (Jeff) Marta, Marissa, Sophia and Annabelle Taskila, Lerek, Elijah, Finley and Avery Kirby; great-great-grandchildren: Tucker Taskila, Tiara and Joey Marta, and another expected in January; 2 sisters: Josephine Tarrett and Phyllis Smith, both of England; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald W. Taskila on July 6, 2004; 3 brothers: Eric and Edward Heath, and Frank Kiley; 2 sisters: Marjorie Dickinson and Elsie Upton.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Monday, July 22nd at the Koskey Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Sutherland officiating. Interment will be in the Toivola Cemetery.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 2:00 PM until the time of services at 3:00 PM at the funeral home on Monday.
Condolences may be expressed online at koskeyfuneralhome.com.